We enjoyed Short Sand Beach so much that we took Cappy and Grandma back to see it. The sun was shining the entire time; it was a beautiful time to be there.
We rested that afternoon…
…and tried out the fire pit in the backyard.
We also hiked the 4-mile forest portion of the Fort to Sea Trail again. Even James came along – and did great!
That night we went to Ruby’s Roadside Grill for burgers, beer, and “prime rib Friday.”
The next day we returned to the estuary for the entire afternoon. The children dug for clams and caught crabs (as well as other random sea life). We were joined by Kirsten and Dale Haas, friends who formerly lived in Maui. Auntie Kirsten was so sweet, the children instantly connected with her. When she left (the next day), James just kept repeating “I love her” and informed me multiple times that “she is already married.”
We also spent time in Fort Steven’s State Park, where Cappy and Grandma were camping. The park is huge (500 campsites) and is adjacent to a decommissioned military fort at the mouth of the Columbia, which is the only place in the continental US that was shelled during WW2.
Of course we couldn’t leave Seaside without taking the kids to the amusement park!
And have one more delicious seafood meal!
Evie, Jack, and James left for the Hoh River Rainforest with Cappy and Grandma the morning of August 20th. I am spending the rest of the day in Seaside packing and cleaning the house before Jim and I depart here tomorrow.
For our last night in Seaside, we enjoyed a nice, quiet evening and dinner at Wayfarer in Cannon Beach.
We will catch up with the family in two days, and I look forward to posting more once we regain internet connection – probably in about a week – as we will have limited access in Hoh River, Sol Duc (Olympia National Park), and Mount Rainier.